Turning to old remedies for new health challenges

The last thing anyone wants during a stay in the hospital is a hospital-acquired infection. Nosocomial infections, as they are called, are on the rise as more pathogens become resistant to drugs currently available. One pathogen tops the list as one of the most common, one of the most frequently fatal, and one of the…

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Researchers discover how lungs cells respond to bacteria

(Boston)—Previous research has shown that recovery from bacterial pneumonia hugely improves our defense against further infections by seeding the lungs with immune cells called lung resident memory T (TRM) cells, but how these cells actually protect the lungs against future bacterial infections has been unknown until now. Researchers have discovered that TRM cells tell…

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CDC funds new breast cancer survivorship research at UIC

With $1.8 million in funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Illinois at Chicago will help young breast cancer survivors navigate post-treatment care and survival. The award will specifically support a new University of Illinois Cancer Center program called Young And A Survivor, or YAAS, which will bring together…

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A new antibiotic to combat drug-resistant bacteria is in sight

More and more bacterial pathogens of infectious diseases become resistant to customary antibiotics. Typical hospital germs such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae have become resistant to the most — and in some cases even all — currently available antibiotics. Their additional external membrane makes these bacteria difficult to attack. It protects the bacteria particularly…

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Bone breakthrough may lead to more durable airplane wings

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell researchers have made a new discovery about how seemingly minor aspects of the internal structure of bone can be strengthened to withstand repeated wear and tear, a finding that could help treat patients suffering from osteoporosis. It could also lead to the creation of more durable, lightweight materials for the aerospace…

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Royal recognition for neuroscience research at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for innovation in neuroscience The prize is the highest national honour that recognises outstanding work by UK universities and colleges that demonstrate quality and innovation in their research Sheffield has been recognised for improving patient outcomes for people living with neurodegenerative diseases such as…

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Neighborhood matters for fentanyl-involved overdose deaths

Fentanyl overdoses cluster geographically more than non-fentanyl overdoses, according to a study just released by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings suggest that fentanyl-involved overdoses are concentrated in resource deprived neighborhoods over and above what data show for opioid and polydrug overdoses. This is one of few studies to examine the local…

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